Today I am most thankful for my good friend Nicole of Country Rose Quilting. I thought after my last post that when she arrived to show me the basics of setting up my quilt she would be blown away by the gains I made through watching YouTube videos on quilting and Singer sewing machines. Well, it turns out quilting/sewing is a hands-on sport, you need to practice before you can play. So this post highlights our day of sewing and my first quilting endeavor… with our two boys age 22 months (mine) and 4 years (Nicole’s) to assist…
I purchased a pre-cut pattern from a local sewing shop in town called Peachtree Quilt Shop. The reason I went here is that I wanted a specific fabric for a baby quilt that I was not able to find at Country Rose. However, this was great as I am now aware of another resource in town with knowledgeable staff and nifty precuts!
This turned out to be the best decision ever made as the time it would have taken us to cut fabric would have overtaken our evening and I needed all the sewing tutorial I could get!
Upon sitting down to sew, I immediately learned I had not a clue what I was doing. The reason my lines weren’t straight was that I was using the machine incorrectly to start with. I also had to have a crash course in loading a bobbin, threading my machine and adjusting the tension of the thread to ensure a beautiful stitch. All accomplished, see my Vlog at the end of the Blog highlighting these.
Next, we arranged the pattern for this soon to be quilt…
This was great until my little helper joined in!
So thank goodness I took the before photo of the pattern! Once we had the rows back in order we were able to pin them in bunches, calibrate the machine and start our journey of sewing.
We sewed the first two rows together, ironing the seams of each square then the subsequent entire rows.
Now I am on my own to complete the front of the quilt (9 remaining rows) and Nicole will check back in later in the week! So in the spirit of online learning, we took photos, a couple videos and I created a quick two minuteVlog. I realize that my face is not in the Vlog but believe me, it was survival of the fittest this evening and I am not camera ready for my first ever vlog post so I will ensure that I am better prepared in the future!
Overall, I am learning a lot about online posting, uploading videos to YouTube from my phone media, and I am trying to figure out how to create a channel on YouTube to highlight my videos in one place. I will be reading submissions to the Google + class page to navigate these issues.
Thanks for reading/watching! (Sorry the Vlog is close to watching the Blair Witch project, I was all over the place and my camera skills could use some tuning!)